A photo making the rounds in Lebanon over the past few days purports to show a Hezbollah militant, who is currently participating in the fighting in the Arsal mountains on the Syria-Lebanon border, holding up a sign with a challenge to an IDF officer.
"Avichay Adraee, we are practicing against Jabhat al-Nusra ahead of the invasion to the Galilee #Arsalmountains #alQalamoun," the sign says.
Maj. Adraee is the head of the Arabic media desk at the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.
Lebanese newspaper Al-Binaa, which is affiliated with the Lebanese Communist Party, published the photo, noting: "This is what one of the strongest fighters in the Arsal/al-Qalamoun mountains wrote to Israeli officer Avichay Adraee."
The photo also made the rounds on social media but was not featured in more central Lebanese media outlets. The outlets that did publish the photo said they could not verify its authenticity.
In general, it appears Hezbollah-affiliated media outlets have been following Adraee closely and more than they used to.
The Lebanese Al Mayadeen network published an article about Adraee's use of quotes from the Quran in his tweets, while Hezbollah's media department uploaded a video after Adraee posted a greeting to Muslims ahead of Ramadan, calling it a "holiday greeting from a murderer."
Maj. Adraee responded to the alleged Hezbollah fighter's message on his social media accounts, saying, "Recently a photo has been published of one of Hezbollah's members threatening Israel and mentioning me by name. The only question that came to my mind was whether the photo was taken before or after Hezbollah bombed a hospital for displaced Syrians in Arsal, with that proving once more its terrorist and sectarian behavior.
"As for my response to the photo, I'll say: if you realize your threat—you will be welcomed to a new chapter of your failed surprises."